Whoopsie swastikas, stink bombs, and Twitch records: Just another day in the life of Fortnite

    
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Add “accidentally creating Nazi symbols” to things you probably don’t want your popular video game to do.

Fortnite players recently discovered that one floor tileset, if lined up in a certain way in the builder mode, creates a swastika. Obviously, this was an unintended oversight, and Epic Games said it will deal with it. “This was unintended and will be addressed ASAP by adjusting the metal piece art,” the studio said.

As swastikas depart the game, stink bombs enter it, thanks to today’s Patch 4.4. The bomb delivers damage over time to anyone who lingers inside (but why would you?). As players have fun smelling up the place, they can also engage in a limited time mode where teams of 20 fight it out.

Most recently, the game broke Twitch’s concurrency record, as 1.46M people pointed their eyeballs at last week’s tourney.

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Match Austin

Legit? This swastika “controversy” is actually a thing? Holy crap, it’s art assets that when put down in a certain way happens to resemble a swastika. There’s no apology that needs to be made, imo, it’s a thing that happens and if that offends someone’s delicate sunflower sensibilities, then they REALLY need to get over it. Somebody clearly made a big deal over it, or else Epic games wouldn’t have likely even noticed, let alone commit work assets to fix a minor issue.

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PurpleCopper

What’s wrong with the Swastika in Fortnite? It’s not like it’s the same Nazi Swastika with the reverse pattern.

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Bruno Brito

That’s quite a specific oversight.

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Sorenthaz

Insert super old meme here.

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Armsbend

I never forgot that story. I always hated that they took them down. Not because of the swastika – but because of the potential story behind those trees. I imagine a guy 80 years ago bring those up from saplings…the care he must have done to thing that out is impressive.

most importantly, as some of you know, I care a great deal more about plant life than I do human life. I’d rather hear about people being butchered than a forest grove receiving the same.

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Siphaed

However what if that larch tree species was invasive to the evergreens? Planted by humans in an area non-native to them; that itself was something requiring human intervention to correct.

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Castagere Shaikura

Not even surprised that this happens in a game like this. All the chat in these shooters are full of racist,sexist crap from 75% of the communities in them.

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draugris

Typical nonsense discussion on the internet without any context. If somebody is able to interpret this “cross” like lines as a svastika (what i find already hard but anyways). this symbol exists way and i mean way way longer than the nazi regime in germany. In other cultures it is used a symbol of luck and wealth and by the way the nazi version looks a bit different since it has a 45 degree angle and it has a completely different backgroud, since it is derived from a heathen germanic flame or sun wheel .

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Microwatt

Imo, definitely looks like a swastika.

The first thought for MANY is not “Yep that symbol means luck and wealth!”.

Times change, what symbols represent to the masses change, this is a bad argument that some people bring up every now and again to try and…I guess defend swastikas?

Weird.

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draugris

So first of all, you can not defend a symbol. what you mean is defending the ideology behind it. I am a buddhist for almost 20 years now and that symbol is also used in buddhism in certain countries for example. So all i say is, don´t reduce your world to symbols, you have to question the things behind it. And i am pretty sure that Fortnite did not have in mind defending something that has anything to do with what happened 1933 – 1945 in germany.

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Microwatt

You can defend your right to use a symbol as a means to combat the main ideals it represents.

But it still represents fascism and Nazis now.

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Armsbend

That doesn’t matter though. The nazi’s took it – it is forever theirs – regardless of how old it is in eastern spirituality.

People make the same argument with the rebel flag symbol of the civil war. it’s my heritage. it doesn’t mean hate.

sorry pal, the KKK and other assholes used it as a hate symbol – you didn’t say a word – and now it isn’t yours anymore.

That is how symbols evolve.

That said, this is a dumb coincidence.

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draugris

Well and that´s the problem with todays society. People do not reflect anymore and people automaticaly assume that something in their world is the same everywhere. Fortnite players from India or Fortnite Players from China for example don´t even understand what this BS is about.

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Armsbend

Of course they do. To say any type of majority of chinese or indians are ignorant of history is patently ridiculous. the two cultures represent two of the most intelligent beings on earth. you think they glossed over the Nazi symbol from the most important war in modern human history?

let it go dude. keep your swastika’s under your bed safe from prying eyes – you’ll be fine.

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Bruno Brito

Doesn’t matter.

The swastika was corrupted and will live forever as a symbol of burned flesh and racial war. I don’t like it either but it’s time to get used to it.

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draugris

If you are unable to understand that in other parts of the world this means absolutely nothing, dude, then i pity you, honestly.

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kgptzac

You should put your pity to a better use, such as directed to the “other parts of the world” where you accuse of ignorance of the symbol’s nazi meaning.

To be on topic: I bet my 2 cents on the graphic artists purposely created the asset so it resembles the nazi symbol.

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Armsbend

omg the controversy is overwhelming.